I found myself thinking about the likes of A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., Assata Shakur, Malcolm X, Fela Kuti, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Ida B. Wells and the others like them that fought for the equality of Africans and African-Americans everywhere. One thing that stands out to me is that these people never fought simply for their people or their culture or their country, but for Africans and non-Africans far and wide. During the Civil Rights movement a lot of groups benefitted from the movement many who were not Black, i.e. Asians, Latinos, whites, and so on.
I wonder what would it had been like if Blacks only fought for their rights and left everyone else to struggle and find their way, let everyone else have to march and be water hosed, beaten and stripped naked, have drinks poured on them and be shot down, and having their shops burned down and their houses all in the name of fighting for equality. I usually don’t understand how some people of certain cultures and ethnicities fix their mouth to look down on Africans in America and around the world when they benefitted from their struggle greatly. A. Phillip Randolph could have easily said to hell with the others just give employment and freedom to Blacks only and keep it at that. Martin Luther King Jr. could have easily said to heck with freedom for other races just give equality to black people.
The point of this post is that many people especially non-black people have ridden the coat tails of black struggle to achieve whatever status they have and many have benefitted from blacks being viewed as low on the totem pole. Now were there people of different ethnicities that also fought for rights along with Blacks very much so, but they were not the majority and many felt that as long as it wasn’t them or their family then the fight need not apply to them.
In Night by Elie Wiesel he mentioned how before the Germans came for Jews they came for other people and no one spoke up because at least it wasn’t them, but by the time they came for the Jews there was no one to speak up for them. Thing rings true now, this mentality of if it doesn’t concern me or my kind is dangerous because no one comes out right and say I want to do harm to you, okay some do but those are the ones that are either really bold or really stupid, you choose, they slowly but surely do things to those around you because a decrease in numbers mean a decrease in power.
Think of wars that American history books and Europeans history books, which basically are one of the same and talk about the same nonsense, they lost more wars than they won and a lot of the documents that say they killed a lot more of their opponents were again a lie. Africans were not colonized by Asians, Europeans, and Arabs easily, those invaders had to work hard to defeat them, yet that is never mentioned the way it should be.
All I’m saying is a lot of cultures that look down on blacks for idiotic reasons need to ask themselves one thing: White media and propaganda has made it so that the world is viewed as black or white, where do you think you fall?